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esata CF card reader
Tim Fuller, Photographer, Student/Intern
Troy | MI | USA | Posted: 3:10 PM on 10.31.11
->> Does anyone use or know if there is such a thing as a CF card reader that uses the esata port?
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Kent Nishimura, Student/Intern, Photographer
Honolulu | HI | USA | Posted: 3:15 PM on 10.31.11
->> http://goo.gl/QZixG is this what you're looking for?
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Tim Fuller, Photographer, Student/Intern
Troy | MI | USA | Posted: 3:30 PM on 10.31.11
->> Yes. Ever used one before? Happy with it?
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Colin Hackley, Photographer
Tallahassee | FL | USA | Posted: 3:38 PM on 10.31.11
->> Here is a 2010 post on the topic from SS member Chuck Steenburg:

I have the Addonics eSATA reader, but use it on my PC desktop. It's marginally faster than my FW800 readers but the limiting factor at those speeds is the card, not the reader. (Never mind that no one yet makes a decent FW800 interface for the PC yet.)

No reader can transfer files faster than the card that's in it. The theoretical maximum for FW800 is 100 MB/sec while the theoretical maximum for the Addonics (in eSATA mode) is 187.5 MB/sec. Stack that up against the theoretical maximum of 90 MB/sec for any CF card currently made and you see what the bottleneck is.

Real world, the Addonics on my system can hit about 70 MB/sec read with an Extreme Pro card. That's comparable to FW800 speeds but actually a bit slower than the fastest ExpressCard readers.

Plus the Addonics requires power from a USB port.

Chuck

Thread here:
http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=37277
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Wally Nell, Photographer
SAN DIEGO | CA | USA | Posted: 4:16 PM on 10.31.11
->> I have one, but found that my Express Card reader downloads faster... Marginally faster.
And yes, the drawback is that the eSata reader needs a USB port for power, and it is big and clunky.
So for me, I have the Express Card reader, and as a backup I take a regular compact USB2 card reader to assignments.
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Brad Barr, Photographer
Port St. Lucie | FL | USA | Posted: 8:51 PM on 10.31.11
->> supposedly usb 3.0 is the same speed (or darned near) as esata..I got usb 3.0, but my cards are apparently not fast enough to really gain much difference from my usb 2.0 reader. Oh well...
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 1:16 PM on 11.01.11
->> I've gone over to using USB 3.0 and/or ExpressCard readers. As fast or faster, less cumbersome, for all the reasons mentioned.
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